Trinidad born – Dai Ailian: Mother of Chinese Dance – video

  • Trinidadian Madame Dai Ailian, is one of Trinidad’s greatest icons. She co-founded the National Ballet of China and the Beijing Dance Academy.
    This videois an informative and inspiring vignette of Dai Ailian – who is from Trinidad, migrated to London and then China where she became the Mother of Chinese Dance.
    We must pay homage to her as one of a number of Trinis of Chinese descent that returned to China and made a name for themselves.
    What is little known is that Dai spoke Mandarin with a Trini accent. Her stay in London was not long enough to change her accent and so she learnt Chinese as a Trini speaker.
    Thanks Janine Fung for this video. Enjoy everyone.   

    Dai Ailian Promo Video (Version 4 Roughcut) – 

    Special Thanks to CCTV, Great Masters, National Ballet of China and the Beijing Dance Academy for the use of their footage to make this video.

** This entry was submitted by Mike U-Ming – Vancouver. Canada … Thanks Mike!

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  • de castro  On 04/02/2013 at 8:56 am

    Wow WoW … To find this bit of Trinidian history and publish
    on Guyanese Online is some feat..well done Cyril
    for your efforts …mucho …gracias…

    Guyanese all over the world can now read and enjoy some of their
    favourite past…present on-line.
    That alone is an achievement in itself…
    Well done brother

    • guyaneseonline  On 04/02/2013 at 9:13 am

      Thanks for your comment Kamptan.
      I did not find this item in my research.
      I have now noted on the entry that Mike U-Ming of Vancouver made me aware of this item and we thank him for this.
      Cheers! … and all the best to you

  • Rosaliene Bacchus  On 04/02/2013 at 4:33 pm

    Amazing! Thank you Mike and Cyril for bringing Madame Dai Ailian to us. From the Caribbean to China and to the world. We, people of the Caribbean, have reason to be proud of our heritage.

  • Zena Eggough  On 04/02/2013 at 6:46 pm

    Certainly deserves my appreciation as Dance means life to me. The sound of music sends dancing sensations in my being so learning of Madame Dai Ailian makes me proud that she honoured her Trinidad heritage. All hail to Trinidad & Tobago!
    A Trini in Austria.Zena

  • Zena Eggough  On 04/02/2013 at 6:47 pm

    Thank you. Zena

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